The Anoai family issued the following statement on Friday night:
Statement from World Xtreme Wrestling C4 & the Anoai Family:
WXW C4’s Statement On The Passing Of Eki “Umaga” Fatu
12/04/09 – On behalf of the Anoai Family and front office of WXW C4 it is our sad duty to announce that earlier today, December 4th, we lost another member of not only our wrestling family, but immediate family.
Eki “Umaga” Fatu passed away today in Houston at the age of 36. While we mourn the passing of Eki, we also remember all the good times that we were able to share with him and the smiles on the millions of fans faces around the world when he walked to the ring to do what he loved most: wrestle.
During this difficult time, we please ask for the fans and the press to respect the privacy of his family during this tough time. When there is more information to be made public, his family will do so. The worst thing that could happen would be to have false information about this horrible situation out there, only to make the situation even worse.
We’d like to thank everyone for their sympathy and prayers and ask that everyone celebrate the life of Eki Fatu.